It occurs to me that a lot of floor wax devotees have either very small trailers, or very long arms, or they don't do quite all the top. I can think of no way to avoid the arms' length application of elbow grease to the process of cleaning and removing oxidized gelcoat from a trailer roof, whether with rag, sponge, or one-handed rotary buffer deployed as a scrubber.
The first and only time I did our Burro
, I found working off a ladder and attempting to reach the center of a wet slippery roof wasn't particularly easy or safe. I settled on a section of scaffold alongside with a duckboard (plywood offcut roughly 2-1/2 X 5') projecting from the scaffold plank out onto the central Pullman section of the roof. This is the same system I've used to replace fans, vents, air conditioner gasket, and several other small thru-hulls atop the trailer. When cleaning, I moved this duckboard at least three times from end to end on each side. I would not want the bearing end of it to mark up newly cured floor wax nor do I want my feet up there spreading dirt and the sweat of my brow falling in wet wax.
The upshot is that when applying Red Max, I work to the centerline of roof from the scaffold plank with the PolyGlo chamois on a painter's extension pole and then move the scaffold back and continue to the bottom of the shell still retaining the pole extension where possible and detailing around windows, tail light
recesses, vents and thruhulls with a small handheld chamois also provided by PolyGlo and practically equivalent to a microfiber rag. I wet out both chamoises in a paint
roller pan and certainly err on the dry side when wringing out the hand chamois. I wear at least one nitrile glove on the hand that wrings out the chamois to avoid the absolutely shiniest clear nail polish you'll ever see on a man.
As a result of my experience, I feel compelled to ask if anyone in the happy microfiber faction has ever slipped and put a nice big handprint in their fresh wax or found themselves using an elbow or a knee as an applicator. I'm assuming that those who have either not bothered with what can't be seen from the ground or fallen to their death will not answer. The awkward roof situation I've described also prevails when applying conventional buffing waxes and employing a bonnet buffer. Given the general level of engagement with the minutiae of the mechanical arts that I see here every day, I am amazed that these difficulties are never mentioned???????